Skilled Migrants have higher rates of joblessness

Skilled Migrants have a higher joblessness rate. Unemployment among skilled migrants and their families is 30% higher than for the population as a whole, but those who do have a job are more likely to be in a professional role. An ABS report provided a picture of the economic outcomes for Australia’s skilled migrant program by linking census data with the government’s migrant settlement database. Although the program is geared towards overcoming serious skills shortages, a significant number of skilled migrants are unable to find work. At the last census, 7.3 per cent of skilled migrants were unemployed compared with 5.2 per cent of the population as a whole.

Secondary Applicants The ABS report suggests another major contributing factor to the higher unemployment rate among migrants was the difficulty faced by the spouses and children of skilled migrant workers in finding work once they joined their partners in Australia. This group – known as ”secondary applicants” – is made up largely of women, children and other dependent relatives. Just 32 per cent of secondary applicants of working age were employed full-time compared with 68 per cent of so-called ”primary applicants”.

Skilled Migrants – more likely to be employed in a professional role when they did find work

While they may find it more difficult to get a job, skilled migrants were more likely to be employed in a professional role when they did find work. More than one-third of skilled migrant workers are professionals according to the figures, compared with 20 per cent of workers generally. The most common industries offering work were scientific and technical services (12 per cent), healthcare and social assistance (12 per cent) and manufacturing (11 per cent). Source: Bureau of Statistic Read more SMH

New developments are expected for skill migrants in Australia under the Tony Abbott-led Government, specifically 457 visa program. Read More . If you wish to speak on skilled migrantion, 457 visa and employment there is an upcoming conference that may interest you – Long Term Unemployment Conference to be held in the Gold Coast, Australia.

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